How to make a quick chunky knit pillow

How to make a quick chunky knit pillow using yarn from your stash – Get the chunky look by knitting with a big needle and multiple strands of yarn from your stash!

You gotta love a stash buster pattern and this chunky knit pillow fits the bill. As much as we knitters love knitting, we also love collecting, hoarding, buying yarn faster than we can knit with, always with the best intentions and patterns in mind. If you have a yarn stash hidden away from your better half, raise your hand here!

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To make these chunky knit pillows I used yarns from my stash and a size 19 knitting needles that make this a super quick project. I don’t really have exact links for the yarns I used, I have left the closest options in the boxes above. I didn’t need a whole skein, just about half a skein of each should work for a pillow. I am knitting with 3 strands of yarn (one strand of each skein- a thick ochre yarn, a blue one and a strand of twine!) held together as one which results in this fun tweed like texture and color.

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You will also need a crochet needle, fabric for the back of the pillows (my fabric is actually the excess I cut off the bottom of our IKEA curtains) and a sharp pair of scissors.

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Cast on stitches with three different colored yarns held together as one. I have done this kind of multiple strand knitting before in my Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern and my Bulky knit blanket free pattern but I always doubled up the same color and kind of yarn. This time I upped my game and used triple strands and different yarns and one of them is actually just basic twine. I like how the thin white twine breaks up the color in the knit fabric.

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Knitting with multiple strands of yarn is a great way to achieve a nice chunky knit stitch. But we don’t need to go out and buy an expensive chunky yarn for that, we are just mixing and matching yarns from our stash itself. If you would like a monochromatic chunky knit pillow simply use all strands of yarn from the same color family.

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Knitting the front of the pillow is easy as it uses a basic Stockinette stitch. Cast off when your required length is achieved.

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I joined the knit pillow fronts to the back fabric with a row of crochet. This is not the best method I agree, but  it worked perfectly for me and was a quick shortcut.

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What I did was cut tiny tiny holes about 1/4 inch inside from the edge of the fabric. I cut each hole about 1/2 inch apart and then while joining I inserted the crochet hook into each of these holes as I single crocheted around. I was lucky that the fabric I chose did not fray at the cut areas and that is a factor to note while choosing your fabric. Alternately, you can just knit 2 squares per pillow- one for the front and another for the back and join them together to cover the pillow.

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The finished Chunky Knit pillow not only looks great, but is so soft and pretty to look at. I am a big sucker for large stockinette stitch fabric – and so I knit 3 of these cushion covers. See the image at the top of this post. I used a beige yarn for this pillow, a pink yarn for another and a blue yarn for the last pillow.

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For a printable version of this Chunky Knit Pillow, simply click on the download button below and it will then open a pdf in a new window browser and you can print directly from there. Or you can then right click and select “Save as” to save it on your computer.

For personal use only, please credit while sharing or using elsewhere. Thank you.

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If you find this Chunky Knit Pillow pattern useful and like this article, please share it with your friends and maybe leave me a comment below as to what you would like to see me knit next? A yarn stash buster or something rainbow themed? If you are looking for more great Knitting ideas, FaveCrafts has tons of easy free projects that are great for beginners.


Relax & Color: Easy flower coloring printable for free

Hello friends! I have another hand drawn coloring page download for you to enjoy today! This one is an Easy flower coloring printable for free, a very simple design that you can color in as you choose.

All you need to do is scroll down to the bottom of this post, to download the easy flower coloring printable for free and print it at home. Then relax and spend some time coloring it in today with your favorite medium of choice.

Enjoy this Do something amazing today Printable Download and feel free to share it on social media with #smilingcolorsblog

Pin this Printable Coloring Page here

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As usual, I hand drew my design in my mixed media sketch book with my black pen of choice. All items used are listed below in the supplies. I purposefully left space for you to write in a quote or sentiment onto this page. I love how the text boxes turned out!

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Today I actually took time to color in my illustration and I shared that over on the Tombow USA instagram handle. I took over their instagram for the day and I shared a video of how I drew my illustration as well. You check out my posts by visiting the Tombow USA instagram page today.

To download a copy of my easy flower coloring printable for free, simply click on the appropriate download link below and it will then open a high resolution image in a new browser window that you can then right click and select “Save image as” to save it on your computer.easy-flower-coloring-printable-for-freedownload

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If you love these hand lettered quotes, you might also like these Printable bookmarks with hand lettering that I have shared before. They are also absolutely free too so make sure to click the link and grab them before you go!

All designs are for your personal use one and remain the copyright of Smitha Katti. Please do not resell or redistribute.

Once you have saved the file, you can print these at home or at a local print shop. I personally like to print these on white cardstock sheets or matte photo paper sheets.

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Do something amazing today Printable Download

A FREE Do something amazing today Printable Download that you can print at home and use to spruce up your wall or workspace.

Enjoy this Do something amazing today Printable Download and feel free to share it on social media with #smilingcolorsblog

Pin these Hand Lettered Downloads here

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I love printing motivational phrases and decorating my walls with them. I have in a previous blog post of mine – Free Printable Gallery Wall Art shared how I inexpensively printed 8 FREE wall art printables and hung them on my wall.

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I generally use washi tape to tack these on the wall, but these printables would look amazing in a frame or on a clipboard too!

I actually have a huge collection of all the FREE printables online that catch my eye and I share them with you on my Pinterest board- Free Printables for the Home. Make sure you check that out too!

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Today I actually have two versions of my hand lettered motivational phrase. Available in both a color and black and white version you can print these out an a standard letter sized paper or cardstock. Find more tips on printing these HERE.

Simply click on the appropriate download link below and it will then open a high resolution image in a new browser window that you can then right click and select “Save image as” to save it on your computer.

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Click here to Download the color version here

If you love these hand lettered quotes, you might also like these Printable bookmarks with hand lettering that I have shared before. They are also absolutely free too so make sure to click the link and grab them before you go!

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All designs are for your personal use one and remain the copyright of Smitha Katti. Please do not resell or redistribute.

Once you have saved the file, you can print these at home or at a local print shop. I personally like to print these on white cardstock sheets or matte photo paper sheets. Trim the bookmarks to size and they are ready to use!

Printable watercolor calendar 2017: March

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A Free Printable Watercolor Calendar 2017 that you can color in if you choose! Simply download, print and enjoy the coloring. A relaxing stress buster.

For this month’s calendar, I have included both a watercolored and a blank coloring page for you to choose from. I enjoy adding printables around my house and hope you enjoy this printable watercolor calendar 2017 too! Scroll down to download the goodies absolutely free.

This printable is sized 8.5 by 11 inches and will fit neatly on a regular A4 size sheet of paper. I usually print my printables on Matte photo paper (because I love how white the paper is) but really you could print this calendar on regular typing paper and then stick it to your fridge with a magnet.

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This month, I actually got time to enjoy some coloring myself, and I used watercolors to color my calendar in. Check out the coloring video on my instagram page @theshinynest

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As a bonus, you can also download the watercolored in version of the March Calendar below. I love how springy the colors turned out! Spread the word and pin this calendar here!

If you print these for yourself share a pic with me on social media! Tag me #theshinynest. I would love to see how you are using these printables. printable watercolor calendar 2017

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If you are interested in more FREE Printables, I have many more Adult Coloring pages and you can check out my earlier ones by clicking here.

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Crochet along 2017: Block 2

Here is my second block for the Crochet along 2017, a popcorn stitch pattern that is super fun to make!

This year I am playing along with the Moogly Crochet Along 2017 project and in this post I make Block 2 of 24

  • If this is the first time you are reading about the Moogly Crochet Along 2017, head HERE to the learn more and start from the beginning.
  • There are 24 blocks to be made all in all, and the pattern for each one of them is FREE and remains free forever.
  • I am using skeins of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn (not sponsored) and you can find the exact colors in the supplies listed below.
  • Each afghan square is designed to measure 12 by 12 inches in size, I’m using the recommended US-J, 6.0 mm hook.
  • The beauty of this afghan, you don’t have to crochet along, though for me that is part of the fun, you can start this afghan at any point and finish it at your speed.
  • Join in on the #MooglyCAL2017 social bandwagon – There is a Ravelry group for the CAL HERE, and a Facebook group HERE

Block 2: See all of  my previous blocks for this afghan here

Block 2 is a pattern by Salena Baca Designs called Danyel’s Square and the FREE PATTERN for it can be found HERE

I used 5 colors of yarn for this: exact color numbers can be found below in the supplies

Here is the Round by Round progress showing how this block came together.

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This block was fun to make! I love the popcorn stitch! It looks really beautiful in real life. I really want to make a circle pillow for the kids room with this pattern in the future.

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Crochet along afghan 2017: Block 1

A Crochet along afghan 2017- where we crochet a block or two every month to have a finished handmade afghan by the end of 2017!

As a little girl, I grew up watching my mother crochet all the time. When I was a teenager she taught me how to crochet, and I learnt the basics pretty quickly, but have always been drawn more towards knitting than crochet. But after knitting quite a few blankets, I think it’s time to change things a little bit around here. I have been eyeing this Crochet along afghan 2017  for a few weeks now it’s time for something new!

This year I am playing along with the Moogly Crochet Along Afghan 2017 project and in this post I make Block 1 of 24

  • If this is the first time you are reading about the Moogly Crochet Along 2017, head HERE to the learn more and start from the beginning.
  • There are 24 blocks to be made all in all, and the pattern for each one of them is FREE and remains free forever.
  • I am using skeins of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn (not sponsored) and you can find the exact colors in the supplies listed below.
  • Each afghan square is designed to measure 12 by 12 inches in size, I’m using the recommended US-J, 6.0 mm hook.
  • The beauty of this afghan, you don’t have to crochet along, though for me that is part of the fun, you can start this afghan at any point and finish it at your speed.
  • Join in on the #MooglyCAL2017 social bandwagon – There is a Ravelry group for the CAL HERE, and a Facebook group HERE

This post is for Block 1.

Block 1 is a pattern by Julie Yeager called Fantastic! and the FREE PATTERN for it can be found HERE

I used 5 colors of yarn for this: A-white, B-green, C-pink and D-blue and I also added a lighter pink for a few rows (exact color numbers can be found below in the supplies)

Here is the Round by Round progress showing how this block came together.

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This block was fun to make! I haven’t crocheted in a few years now and I just picked up a hook and started this block. The pattern explains everything very nicely.

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10 Fabric Stash Buster Ideas

Here’s 10 Fabric Stash Buster Ideas with step by step tutorials to inspire you to create something from all of those little pieces of pretty fabric that we crafters tend to hoard collect.

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Fabric Stash Buster Ideas are my favorite type of projects to make! You already have the fabric needed on hand! Earlier in January when I asked my Facebook followers what craft stash they wanted to find projects for, many of them answered Fabric! So I went looking for more Fabric stash buster ideas and found so many good ones that I decided to put this post together. Take a look at all 10 of these tutorials and I am sure you will find a project for that will be perfect to use up your bin of fabric scraps.

This patchwork mug rug by Smashed peas and carrot might be the most adorable thing ever to be sewn from fabric scraps. Find the tutorial here.

This pin cushion by Creative Green Living is a simple way to use those little fabric bits. It is such a cute project and I love how she incorporated a teacup into it.

This Scrap Fabric DIY pillow with Video tutorial  by Smiling Colors is a fun way to use up those fabric scraps to make a nice home decor item that is whimsical and unique.

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This Duct tape pouch by Sew what Alicia is an almost no sew project that would be perfect for kids to make.

Make this beautiful and one of a kind DIY altered book by Smiling Colors with just some fabric and glue. Yes, no sewing involved.

These Bookmarks by Smashed Peas and Carrots are a quick project to complete with those small pieces of fabric and would go perfectly with the book you just altered.

This Homemade heating pad by Six Dollar Family is such a great idea for those beautiful fabric scraps and your tired muscles will be thankful for it.

This sunglasses case by Smashed peas and carrots is perfect for those summer days with big beach totes.

Sew what Alicia shows you how to make these adorable Fabric scrap pom poms in just a few easy steps. These would look great decorating a basic zippered pouch!

This storage bag tutorial by Six Dollar Family shows you how to make a bag with just 1/4 yard of fabric. And you can easily customize it to match your kids favorite characters.

Let me know in the comments below which one of these are your favorite and which one made it to your project list!

Happy sewing (or no sew fabric glueing!)

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Free coloring calendars to print: February 2017

If you are looking for free coloring calendars to print, you have come to the right place! Simply download, print and enjoy the coloring + planning!

February is almost here and I am back with the next installment of my monthly Printable coloring calendar 2017. It’s the month of love so I did indeed incorporate some hearts into this month’s Free coloring calendars to print. I hope you enjoy coloring this one! But honestly, you could just print this calendar and use it without coloring as well.

The Printable coloring calendar 2017 is sized 8.5 by 11 inches and will fit neatly on a regular A4 size sheet of paper. I usually print my printables on Matte photo paper (because I love how white the paper is) but really you could print this calendar on regular typing paper and then stick it to your fridge with a magnet.

If you enjoy Coloring or Free Printables to enjoy in your home, here are a few other posts that might interest you too-

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Simply click on the download button below and it will then open a high resolution image in a new browser window that you can then right click and select “Save image as” to save it on your computer.

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I also have a small Etsy shop in which I list a lot more of my handdrawn illustrations! Click here to see more.

If you love instagram, you can find me @theshinynest and I share all things art, handlettered and hand drawn there.

Find my tips for printing your printables at home the post below which you can find here

Scrap Fabric DIY pillow with Video tutorial

A Scrap Fabric DIY project that is simple, cute and easy to put together- Make one of these to decorate your home today! I share a video tutorial showing the steps.

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A few weeks ago I was challenged to make a craft project using supplies from just your craft stash. I took to Facebook to ask you all what you would like me to use- Paper, fabric or felt, and almost all of you chose fabric! So here is my Scrap Fabric DIY Project-  A cute no sew pillow.

Pin this Scrap Fabric DIY project here

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If you are a visual learner like me, you will enjoy the video tutorial more than anything I can type here. Click on the video box below to watch or click here to watch it on Youtube in HD. If you like my videos, please Subscribe to my channel!

 

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For my fabric stash buster project, I reached for a bunch of fabric and felt scraps I had collected over the years. But here is a list of the tools I use in the video

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This is a fun way to use up some left over fabrics you might have in your stash and make an adorable home decor item. I patch fabric blocks together to create a fabric of sorts- it’s like making a quilting block but using fabric glue.

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I had so much fun adding small details to the front of the pillow- a button for the door handle, some pretty trim around the window and scalloped lace for under the roof. Also, mixing and matching fabrics? Oh that reminded me so much of my quilting days!

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DIY cute kids pillows

My daughter absolutely loves this pillow, and she of course wants to keep it in her bedroom. I was thinking of placing it in our entryway but I don’t think she will let go of it. And the pillow really is her size isn’t it?

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So what do you think friends? Does this spark ideas for you to create something from your fabric stash?

You might also like another DIY pillow tutorial of  mine- made entirely of felt. Click here to go to that blog post

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Happy crafting!

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Printable Quote coloring sheet- Free download

Enjoy this free Printable Quote coloring sheet with a beautiful “Do more of what you love” saying and a Valentine Heart theme!

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As always, this printable quote coloring sheet started out as a hand drawn pen drawing in my sketchbook. I enjoy drawing illustrations and the heart theme seemed appropriate for the upcoming Valentine day!

Pin this Printable Quote coloring sheet here

I carved some me time and even colored these in using Tombow markers (linked below in the supplies) and a waterbrush. I love the soft pink look that was achieved! All you need are a few markers and you can get many different tones by adding water.

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Here is a short timelapse video of me drawing the illustration. Enjoy!

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If you do download and print this coloring page, do share it with me on my social medias by using the #theshinynest. I would love to see your coloring creations!

To download your own copy of this Printable Quote coloring sheet – Simply click on the download button below and it will then open a high resolution image in a new browser window that you can then right click and select “Save image as” to save it on your computerDo_more_of_what_you_love_web

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All designs are for your personal use one and remain the copyright of Smitha Katti. Please do not resell or redistribute.

Once you have saved the file, you can print these at home or at a local print shop. Feel free to print these as many times as you wish. I personally like to print these on white cardstock sheets or matte photo paper sheets, but you can also print these on regular printer paper.

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If you do download and print this coloring page, do share it with me on my social medias by using the #theshinynest. I would love to see your coloring creations!